Wicks Lake Expansion

Category Overview

Washington is famous for its gorgeous and abundant waterways, from the Salish Sea to the Nisqually River, but many communities lack open public beaches and waterfronts where everyone can enjoy picnicking, swimming, paddling, boating, and angling. Water Access projects fund public shoreline access, boat launches, and fishing docks to create more opportunities for water recreation.

Project Highlights

Wicks Lake is approximately 9 acres in size and is located in the southwest portion of Kitsap County. Kitsap County purchased approximately 12 acres along Wicks Lake in 1969. The remaining property surrounding the lake is owned by two local timber companies. This project is for acquisition of an additional 140 acres on Wicks Lake to protect the pristine environment and provide for outdoor recreational opportunities like swimming, non-motorized boating, and hiking. Ninety acres were acquired under a waiver of retroactivity. The remaining fifty acres are scheduled for acquisition in 2005.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Kitsap County Parks and Rec Category: Water Access WWRP Grant: $269,213.32 Applicant Match: $269,213.32 Project Type: Acquisition County: Kitsap Legislative District: 35 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 02-1349

Location Details

From State Highway 16 (north from Tacoma or south from Port Orchard) take the Burley Olalla Exit and travel west on Burley Ollala Rd; turn south on Bethel Burley Rd; turn west on Pine Rd; turn north on Glenwood Rd.; turn west on Lake Helena Rd; turn north on Widk's Lake Rd.. Entrance to Wick's Lake is at the end of Wick's Lake Rd.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.